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Weather headlines (x3) for Monday: Unsettled this week, Frosty once southerlies clear, Rain outlook

Here’s what is making the weather headlines today.


We’ve had a good run, now it’s time to get ‘unsettled’. Tuesday and Thursday will be the days to watch as frontal system cross over the country, heavy rain in the west can be expected as fronts move through. As we move into Friday the airflow changes colder southerly over the South Island, spreading to the North Island later in the day or overnight.

These southerlies will likely bring some snow, perhaps getting as low as 400m for the South Island, 600m for the North Island.

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After the coming cold blast towards the end of the week, high pressure will start to move in Sunday or Monday. Once it does you can expect that frosts will be likely and they will be the coldest of the year so far. Frosts could even develop as early as Saturday morning for the inner South Island if conditions clear away quick enough.

Temperature map – Sunday 22nd May 6:00am 2022 –


Rain is looking a bit healthier around the country over the coming seven days, western and southern parts of the country can expect more than elsewhere thanks to most of our weather coming in from the west. The western North Island north of Taranaki is the spot needing rain more than elsewhere at the moment, thankfully some arrives on Tuesday and Thursday especially. Friday and Saturday are looking a bit wet too then clearing on Sunday.

Only Hawkes Bay, Gisborne, Canterbury and parts of Central Otago are looking a little dry but theses regions should still see some rain or showers as fronts move over, especially as the airflow tends more to the south during Friday and Saturday.


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